Introducing Akan National Park
This expansive park (905 sq km) contains volcanic peaks, large caldera lakes and thick forests. Its scenic views attract over 6.6 million visitors per year, but it is big enough that even at peak times there are ways to get away from it all, particularly if you’re looking to hike or meander around the forest tracks. There are numerous day-hike options and a few longer ones. Bears are a possible problem, and foxes, both common and cunning, often steal unguarded food or even sleeping bags.
Akan Bus Company(www.akanbus.co.jp in Japanese) provides tours and a running commentary (in Japanese) about the sights and attractions, stopping here and there for picture taking at some of the most scenic viewpoints. If that’s unappealing to you, hire a car and don’t look back. With your own wheels you’ll be free to travel anywhere, even to hop over to Shiretoko National Park.